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Francesca de la Flor

Francesca de la Flor was first introduced to the antique business in the early 1990's after several years of practicing entertainment and real estate law.

She discovered her interest in antiques and switched careers after she helped furnish a friend's home with items found at auctions, estate sales and flea markets.  

It took Francesca many years of shopping at garage sales and attending antique shows, but she learned the ins and outs of the business. She eventually opened her own store in Pasadena, California. She now owns Antiques Off Fair Oaks in Monrovia, California.
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  • Trash to Treasure: Antique clocks

    Trash to Treasure: Antique clocks

    Antique clocks are a favorite with interior decorators because of their classic style -- and their value is on the rise.
    Antique clocks are a favorite with interior decorators because of their classic style -- and their value is on the rise.
  • Don't be fooled by fake Victorian bamboo

    Don't be fooled by fake Victorian bamboo

    Did you know antique Victorian bamboo furniture is a hot collectors item? And certain pieces can be worth a fortune! But beware of modern day "knock offs".
    Did you know antique Victorian bamboo furniture is a hot collectors item? And certain pieces can be worth a fortune! But beware of modern day "knock offs".
  • Antique papier-mache trays

    Antique papier-mache trays

    You've probably seen papier mache trays for sale at swap meets or garage sales. If they're antique, they're worth a pretty penny. Here's what to look for on your next treasure hunt.
    You've probably seen papier mache trays for sale at swap meets or garage sales. If they're antique, they're worth a pretty penny. Here's what to look for on your next treasure hunt.
  • Trash to Treasure: Campaign chests

    Trash to Treasure: Campaign chests

    What may look like an ordinary old trunk could be a valuable collectible. But here's one you really need to know about...
    What may look like an ordinary old trunk could be a valuable collectible. But here's one treasure chest you really need to know about: The British "Campaign Chest."
  • Trash to Treasure: Musty drawers

    Trash to Treasure: Musty drawers

    A common problem with buying old trunks and chests of drawers is the smell of mildew that often forms on the inside. But the solution is quite simple.
    A common problem with buying old trunks and chests of drawers is the smell of mildew that often forms on the inside. But the solution is quite simple.
  • How to repair wood veneer

    How to repair wood veneer

    Do you have any furniture with chipped veneer? It can be a real eye sore. Antique Expert Francesca de la Flor has some simple and affordable tips to help turn that trashed veneer into a valuable treasure.
    Do you have any furniture with chipped veneer? It can be a real eye sore. Antique Expert Francesca de la Flor has some simple and affordable tips to help turn that trashed veneer into a valuable treasure.
  • How to spot an antique cabinet

    How to spot an antique cabinet

    Eighteenth-century antiques are all over the United States. But how do you spot one? Francesca de la Flor shares some clues.
    Eighteenth-century antiques are all over the United States. But how do you spot one? Francesca de la Flor shares some clues.
  • Trash to Treasure: Flame mahogany

    Trash to Treasure: Flame mahogany

    Antique furniture is one of the best investments you can make, because it's built to last and has stood the test of time.
    Antique furniture is one of the best investments you can make, because it's built to last and has stood the test of time.
  • Imperfections increase antique value

    Imperfections increase antique value

    Painting furniture with finishes and glazes is a way to create a faux antique look, like the popular decor known as "shabby chic." But beware: Doing this could turn a valuable treasure into worthless trash!
    Painting furniture with finishes and glazes is a way to create a faux antique look, like the popular decor known as "shabby chic." But beware: Doing this could turn a valuable treasure into worthless trash!
  • How to make your own lamp

    How to make your own lamp

    If you've been wondering what to do with a family heirloom you've inherited, why not turn it into a lamp and light up a room with style?
    If you've been wondering what to do with a family heirloom you've inherited, why not turn it into a lamp and light up a room with style?
  • Treasured antique Bible boxes

    Treasured antique Bible boxes

    Antique Dealer Francesca de la Flor says next time you're at a flea market and you see a big box -- grab it! It just might be a treasure.
    Antique Dealer Francesca de la Flor says next time you're at a flea market and you see a big box -- grab it! It just might be a treasure.
  • Grab It: Victorian bamboo

    Grab It: Victorian bamboo

    Did you know antique Victorian bamboo furniture is a hot collector's item? Certain pieces can be worth a fortune -- but beware of modern day knock-offs!
    Did you know antique Victorian bamboo furniture is a hot collector's item? Certain pieces can be worth a fortune -- but beware of modern day knock-offs!
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